Download E-books Slavery and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America (Inaugural Lectures (University of Oxford)) PDF

By Eric Foner

"Freedom" hasn't ever been a set classification or predetermined suggestion. topic to a number of interpretations, its definition has been created and recreated by means of historic contingencies and social conflicts. Eric Foner lines how the lifestyles of slavery helped to form the knowledge of freedom by means of americans either white and black from the colonial period to the tip of Reconstruction. He will pay specific realization to the metaphorical makes use of of "slavery" by way of teams looking to extend winning definitions of freedom (such because the labour movement's critique of "wage slavery", and feedback of the "slavery of intercourse" by way of early feminists) in addition to to the talk over the which means of freedom unleashed via the destruction of slavery through the Civil conflict.

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Download E-books The Greek City States: A Source Book PDF

By P. J. Rhodes

Political task and political considering all started within the towns and different states of historical Greece, and phrases equivalent to tyranny, aristocracy, oligarchy, democracy and politics itself are Greek phrases for ideas first mentioned in Greece. Rhodes offers in translation a range of texts illustrating the formal mechanisms and casual workings of the Greek states in all their kind. From the states defined by means of Homer out of which the classical Greeks believed their states had built, throughout the archaic interval which observed the increase and fall of tyrants and the sluggish broadening of citizen our bodies, to the classical interval of the 5th and fourth centuries, Rhodes additionally seems past that to the Hellenistic and Roman sessions within which the Greeks attempted to maintain their lifestyle in an international of significant powers. For this moment version the e-book has been completely revised and 3 new chapters further.

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Download E-books Sexing the Groove: Popular Music and Gender PDF

Sexing the Groove discusses those matters and plenty of extra, bringing jointly major track and cultural theorists to discover the relationships among well known track, gender and sexuality. The members, who comprise Mavis Beayton, Stella Bruzzi, Sara Cohen, Sean Cubitt, Keith Negus and should Straw, debate how renowned song performers, subcultures, lovers and texts build and deconstruct `masculine' and `feminine' identities. utilizing quite a lot of case stories, from Mick Jagger to rebel Grrrls, they show that there's not anything `natural', everlasting or immovable in regards to the regime of sexual distinction which governs society and culture.
Sexing the Groove additionally encompasses a entire annotated bibliography for additional interpreting and examine into gender and renowned song.

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Download E-books Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century PDF

Eric Hobsbawm, who kicked the bucket in 2012, was once probably the most remarkable and unique historians of our age. via his paintings, he saw the nice twentieth-century disagreement among bourgeois fin de siècle tradition and myriad new hobbies and ideologies, from communism and severe nationalism to Dadaism to the emergence of data know-how. In Fractured Times, Hobsbawm, with attribute verve, unpacks a century of cultural fragmentation.

Hobsbawm examines the stipulations that either created the flowering of the belle époque and held the seeds of its disintegration: paternalistic capitalism, globalization, and the arriving of a mass purchaser society. Passionate yet by no means sentimental, he levels freely throughout topics as different as classical track, the wonderful arts, rock song, and sculpture. He documents the passing of the golden age of the “free highbrow” and explores the lives of forgotten greats; analyzes the connection among artwork and totalitarianism; and dissects phenomena as various as surrealism, artwork nouveau, the emancipation of girls, and the parable of the yank cowboy.

Written with consummate mind's eye and talent, Fractured Times is the final publication from one in all our best modern day thinkers.

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Download E-books Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films PDF

Modern myths, reasonable trash or the items of fetishist desire?

Most humans be aware of anything approximately Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and beauty lady, whether what they comprehend is seriously filtered via movie and tv models, instead of the comics during which they first appeared. Yet, even supposing the continuity of the DC and wonder Comics universes rival or surpass in measurement virtually anything in Western tradition, unusually little recognition has been paid to comics, which we're imagined to develop out of.

In Superheroes!, acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney argues that this can be a mistake, that, at their top, superhero comics are a kind during which a few writers and artists are doing interesting paintings, no longer despite their selected shape, yet due to it.

Superheroes! discusses the sluggish accretion of comedian universes from the thirties to the current day, the continued debate in the conventions of the superhero comedian approximately no matter if superheroes are an exceptional factor and the dialogue in the comics fan group of the level to which superhero comics are disfigured via misogyny and sexism. Roz Kaveney makes an attempt to give an explanation for the diversities among surprise and DC, the concept of the floating current (or why Spider-Man, fifteen while he followed the dress, continues to be purely in his early thirties), and some of the makes an attempt by means of either businesses to re-invent and re-boot person characters and their complete continuity universes. She additionally appears to be like on the effect of comics at the crew of movie and tv screenwriters she calls *the fanboy creators,* all of whom moonlight as comics script writers, utilizing Joss Whedon as her case learn, and examines the variation of famous comics into large-budget characteristic movies, no longer continuously to the good thing about the fabric.

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Download E-books Land, Law and Environment: Mythical Land, Legal Boundaries (Anthropology, Culture and Society) PDF

By Allen Abramson, Dimitrios Theodossopoulus

Individuals to this quantity take factor with the ‘idealist’ method during which land and panorama – position and house – are learn as in simple terms expressive and eventually poetic. They argue that an excessive amount of emphasis at the subjective building of land obscures the essentially significant feel during which land is usually used and appropriated: whereas land can have a few subjective, ideological which means, it exists, additionally, as a pragmatic source. The essays concentrate on postcolonial legacies in land legislations, modern disputes and land claims surrounding ancestral lands, conservation concerns and highway protests. components coated contain Western and jap Europe, West Africa, the Caribbean, Australia and the Pacific, India and Indonesia.

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Download E-books Culture and Materialism (Radical Thinkers) PDF

By Raymond Williams

Raymond Williams is a towering presence in cultural stories, most significantly because the founding father of the apporach that has emerge as often called “cultural materialism.” but Williams’s technique used to be regularly open-ended and fluid, and this quantity collects jointly his most vital paintings from over a twenty-year peiod within which he wrestled with the innovations of materialism and tradition and their interrelationship. other than his extra without delay theoretical texts, in spite of the fact that, case-studies of theatrical naturalism, the Bloomsbury workforce, advertisements, technology fiction, and the Welsh novel also are integrated as illustrations of the strategy at paintings. ultimately, Williams’s identification as an lively socialist, instead of easily an instructional, is captured by way of unambiguously political items at the prior, current and way forward for Marxism.

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Download E-books Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde (Post*45) PDF

By Loren Glass

Responsible for such landmark guides as Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, awaiting Godot,The Wretched of the Earth , and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Grove Press was once the main leading edge writer of the postwar period. Counterculture Colophon tells the tale of ways the click and its apartment magazine, The Evergreen Review, revolutionized the publishing and radicalized the examining behavior of the "paperback generation." within the method, it deals a brand new window onto the Nineteen Sixties, from 1951, while Barney Rosset bought the fledgling press for $3,000, to 1970, whilst the multimedia company into which he had outfitted the corporate used to be crippled through a strike and feminist takeover.

Grove Press was once not just chargeable for finishing censorship of the published be aware within the usa but additionally for bringing avant-garde literature, specifically drama, into the cultural mainstream as a part of the standard paperback revolution. a lot of this occurred due to Rosset, whose charismatic management used to be the most important to Grove's good fortune. With chapters protecting international literature and the Latin American growth, together with Grove's shut organization with UNESCO and the increase of cultural international relations; experimental drama similar to the theater of the absurd, the residing Theater, and the political epics of Bertolt Brecht; pornography and obscenity, together with the landmark booklet of the total paintings of the Marquis de Sade; innovative writing, that includes Rosset's bold pursuit of the Bolivian journals of Che Guevara; and underground movie, together with the leading edge improvement of the pocket filmscript, Loren Glass covers the complete spectrum of Grove's notable success as a communications middle of the counterculture.

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Download E-books Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Electronic Mediations) PDF

By Timothy Murray

In this intellectually groundbreaking paintings, Timothy Murray investigates a paradox embodied within the book’s identify: what's the courting among electronic, within the type of new media artwork, and baroque, a hugely built early smooth philosophy of paintings? Making a fantastic and unforeseen connection among the outdated and the recent, Digital Baroque analyzes the philosophical paradigms that tell modern monitor arts.

Examining a variety of paintings types, Murray displays at the rhetorical, emotive, and social forces inherent within the display arts’ discussion with early smooth thoughts. one of the works mentioned are digitally orientated motion pictures via Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard, and Chris Marker; video installations by way of Thierry Kuntzel, Keith Piper, and Renate Ferro; and interactive media works by means of Toni Dove, David Rokeby, and Jill Scott. refined readings show the digital psychosocial webs and electronic representations that hyperlink textual content, movie, and computer.

Murray places forth an leading edge Deleuzian psychophilosophical approach—one that argues that realizing new media paintings calls for a basic conceptual shift from linear visible projection to nonlinear temporal folds intrinsic to the electronic form.

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Download E-books Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism PDF

By Ibn Warraq

This can be the 1st systematic critique of Edward Said's influential paintings, Orientalism, a publication that for nearly 3 many years has got large acclaim, voluminous statement, and translation into greater than fifteen languages. Said’s major thesis used to be that the Western photograph of the East used to be seriously biased by way of colonialist attitudes, racism, and greater than centuries of political exploitation. even though Said’s critique used to be debatable, the impression of his rules has been a pervasive rethinking of Western perceptions of jap cultures, plus a bent to view all scholarship in Oriental reports as tainted through issues of strength and prejudice.

In this thorough reconsideration of Said’s well-known paintings, Ibn Warraq argues that Said’s case opposed to the West is heavily wrong. Warraq accuses stated of not just willfully misinterpreting the paintings of many students, but in addition of systematically misrepresenting Western civilization as an entire. With instance after instance, he indicates that ever because the Greeks Western civilization has continually had a strand in its very make-up that has permitted non-Westerners with open hands and has ever been open to overseas principles.

The writer additionally criticizes acknowledged for insufficient technique, incoherent arguments, and a defective old realizing. He issues out, not just Said’s tendentious interpretations, yet ancient howlers that might make a sophomore blush.

Warraq extra seems on the harmful impact of Said's examine at the background of Western portray, specifically of the nineteenth century, and indicates how, once more, the epigones of acknowledged have succeeded in relegating millions of first class work to the lofts and garage rooms of significant museums.

An prolonged appendix reconsiders the price of 18th- and 19th-century Orientalist students and artists, whose paintings fell into disrepute due to Said’s paintings.

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